Mortality, Dying and Death: Global Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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Mortality, Dying and Death: Global Interdisciplinary Perspectives


Edited by T. Chandler Haliburton and Caroline Edwards

Year: 2008

Format: eBook


Whether death is inherently paradoxical or not, it harbours several seemingly irresolvable contradictions and is often the subject of great anxiety. This volume takes an interdisciplinary look at mortality, dying and death.

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Whether death is inherently paradoxical or not, it harbours several seemingly irresolvable contradictions and is often the subject of great anxiety. Its very announcement is marked by an absence, yet we seem at a loss to find an alternative mark of relativism that is more deserving or more gratifying. Perhaps this is the rare quality of death which enables it to bring us together while at the same time reaffirming our necessary separateness. Death is an intimacy that reveals a distance; the distance that separates us from one another and perhaps even from our own selves. Not surprisingly then, the treatment of death – if there can be such a thing – has historically been interdisciplinary and international. It is in this tradition that the contributors to this volume were drawn, by death and by life, to the 5th instalment in the Making Sense of Dying and Death conference series. Spanning across three days in July of 2007, the conference was held at Mansfield College, Oxford, and brought together presenters and attendees from various backgrounds: philosophers, historians, literary scholars, healthcare professionals, psychologists, sociologists, and artists. The goal was to examine the links between the living and the dead from these various perspectives. It was hoped that the diverse quality of the discussion generated would shed new light on the oft-avoided subjects that surround the processes of dying and death.


Hospital Experience
When End of Life Becomes an Emergency: Dealing with Death and Dying in the Emergency Department
Cara Bailey

Is Religion Harmful to Patients at the End-of-Life? The Impact of Religion on End-of-Life Decision-Making
Kate Coleman-Brueckheimer

The Elderly
The Return of the Grotesque Aged Female Body in Gunter von Hagens’ Autopsy: Life and Death (Channel 4)
Joanne Garde-Hansen

I don’t want to be a burden to anybody”: Older People’s Preferences for Care at the End of Life
Eileen Sutton and Joanna Coast

Conceptions of Death in Biography and Philosophy
The Trauma of Death and the Silence of the Private Diary
Nikos Falagkas and Georgia Kalogeropoulou

Death and Ambition in Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams
Liran Razinsky

To Join the Army as a Volunteer During a War: Wittgenstein and the Conception of Death
Rossella Pisconti

Historical Attitudes Towards Death
“Coffin Nails and Column Inches”: An Overview of the News-worthiness of Death in British and Irish Journalism Since the Turn of the Twentieth Century
Mark Wehrly

Mr. Moss’s Skull: Changing Attitudes Toward Accidental Exhumation in Annapolis, Maryland, 1855-2006
Michael P. Parker

The Politics of Death: Monarchy and Mortality in Late Medieval England, 1399-1413
Ciara – Marie Shevlin

Rituals and Bereavement
Maniat Laments as “Traditional” Narratives: From the Performed to the Monumentalised
Korina Giaxoglou

The Parasocial Paradox: How Personalized Funerals Extend Our Relationships Beyond Death
Terri Toles Patkin

The Use of Physical Objects in Mourning by Midlife Daughters
Laura Lewis and Judith Belle Brown

Suffering, Suicide, Euthanasia
The Ethics of Physician Assisted Suicide:  A New Approach
Lloyd Steffen

When People Choose to Die: Does It Matter What We Call It?
Gavin Fairbairn

Intentional Death: Stoicism and the Debate on Suicide
Petra Benske

The Death of God and Suicide (Why, Why Not) in Modernist Literature
T. Chandler Haliburton

The Art of Dying
The Temples at Burning Man
Lori van Meter

The Art of Dying
Helen Ennis

Representations of the Infamous or Anonymous Dead: Gerhard Richter’s Photopaintings and Jeffrey Silverthorne’s Photographs
Randall van Schepen

Literature and Death
Death and Repetition: A Literary Approach
Francisc Szekely

“Half in Love with Easeful Death”: Death in The Loved One and Love Among the Ruins
Elisa Morera de la Vall

Familiarising Death in Fiction: Utopia, Time and Transcendence in Jim Crace’s Being Dead and Graham Swift’s Last Orders
Caroline Edwards

“Life Without A Trace”: Transforming Pain into a Poem
Julieta C. Mallari

Memorial and Mourning: Eli Mandel and the Yizkor Books
Christian Riegel

Cinema and Death
“Not a day has gone by in my life when I haven’t thought about death” – Ingmar Bergman
Ananya Ghoshal

“I am Dead”: Notes on Cinema’s Refutation of Time
Jan Holmberg

A Chance to Live Forever?: Cloning and Personal Survival in The 6th Day
Rudolph Glitz

Notes on Contributors

T. Chandler Haliburton completed degrees in English and Economics at Saint Mary’s University and has a Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought from the University of Sussex.

Caroline Edwards is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at The University of Nottingham. Her research interests include critical theory, Marxism/post-Marxism, contemporary British fiction and theories of Utopia.